Civil Democratic Islam

Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies

Cheryl Benard
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 88
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mr1716cmepp
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    Civil Democratic Islam
    Book Description:

    In the face of Islam's own internal struggles, it is not easy to see who we should support and how. This report provides detailed descriptions of subgroups, their stands on various issues, and what those stands may mean for the West. Since the outcomes can matter greatly to international community, that community might wish to influence them by providing support to appropriate actors. The author recommends a mixed approach of providing specific types of support to those who can influence the outcomes in desirable ways.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-3620-9
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. TABLE
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. SUMMARY
    (pp. ix-xii)
  6. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. GLOSSARY
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. Chapter One MAPPING THE ISSUES: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE RANGE OF THOUGHT IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM
    (pp. 1-24)

    The notion that the outside world should try to encourage a moderate, democratic interpretation and presentation of Islam has been in circulation for some decades but gained great urgency after September 11, 2001.

    There is broad agreement that this is a constructive approach. Islam is an important religion with enormous political and societal influence; it inspires a variety of ideologies and political actions, some of which are dangerous to global stability; and it therefore seems sensible to foster the strains within it that call for a more moderate, democratic, peaceful, and tolerant social order. The question is how best to...

  9. Chapter Two FINDING PARTNERS FOR THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRATIC ISLAM: OPTIONS
    (pp. 25-46)

    Promoting democracy in the Islamic world and assisting constructively in Islam’s process of evolution look to be long-term undertakings. Each of the groups described above presents different challenges and prospects when we examine their potential as partners. “Weighing in” on an ongoing dialogue over values requires us to consider our purpose carefully, to avoid unintended consequences.

    Although there are some ambiguities, Western democracies are premised on the separation of church and state. It follows that the secularists should be ourmost natural allies in the Muslim world.¹

    The problem has been, and continues to be, that many important secularists in the...

  10. Chapter Three A PROPOSED STRATEGY
    (pp. 47-48)

    The problem of Islamic radicalism—its manifestations, its underlying causes, and its propensity to meld with other social and political conflicts—makes this an extremely complex issue. There is no one correct approach or response, and there certainly is not one identifiable “fix.” Instead, what is called for is a mixed approach that rests on firm and decisive commitment to our own fundamental values and understands that tactical and interest-driven cooperation is simply not possible with some of the actors and positions along the spectrum of political Islam but that possesses a sequence of flexible postures suitable to different contexts,...

  11. Appendix A THE HADITH WARS
    (pp. 49-56)
  12. Appendix B HIJAB AS A CASE STUDY
    (pp. 57-60)
  13. Appendix C STRATEGY IN DEPTH
    (pp. 61-64)
  14. Appendix D CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S PORTRAYAL OF ISLAM
    (pp. 65-66)
  15. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 67-72)